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Subject details

  • Topics
    • Sociology, the Sociological Imagination and Social Stratification
    • Society and Culture
    • Sociological Theory and Methods
    • Class
    • Ethnicity, Race and Racism
    • Gender, Sex and Sexuality
    • Family
    • Environment
    • Media
    • Health
    • Globalisation & Neoliberalism
    • Putting Sociology into Practice
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Blog
      • Chat Rooms
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Web links
    • Print Materials
      • Welcome letter
    • Online Materials
      • Printable format materials

Students who successfully complete this subject will be able to:

  1. Apply a sociological perspective to the social world around them
  2. Identify and differentiate between the major theoretical perspectives employed by sociologists
  3. Define and use a range of key sociological concepts to appraise the ways in which social processes and social structures shape individuals and groups in contemporary society
  4. Discuss and critique published work and communicate this through informed written argument
  5. Undertake successful library-based research
  6. Identify and utilise the referencing style required by this discipline.
  • Assignment 1 - Essay — Major (45%)
  • Assignment 2 - Essay 1 — Academic Writing Skills Exercise (25%)
  • Assignment 3 - Essay 2 — Reflective (30%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

Entry Requirements

Equivalent Subjects

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • SWI-PSS100

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject aims to provide students with an introduction to the foundations of the discipline of sociology. Successful completion of this subject will prepare students to undertake study in the discipline at more advanced levels through their understanding of the sociological imagination and central sociological theories as applied to a range of current events and issues.

This subject is part of the Social Science Pathway.

OUA Pathways recommends the best subjects to start your studies, even if you're not sure which degree you want to do. Each pathway includes four subjects based on your area of interest.

Once you complete your recommended path you'll be able to choose from a range of degrees in your area of interest. Plus, each of the subjects you complete through OUA Pathways can also be credited towards your chosen degree.

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